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Kahuku schools lockdown lifted after police find suspicious device in park

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:26 p.m. HST, May 02, 2013

Department of Education officials lifted a lockdown at the 2,000-student Kahuku school complex after police determined “a suspicious device” found in a nearby park posed no threat.

Kahuku Elementary and Kahuku Middle and High Schools were placed in lockdown just after 8 a.m. after a suspicious device was reported at Kahuku District Park.

Police Lt. Wayne Wong said the item posed no threat. He would not say what the item — a glass beverage bottle wrapped in camouflage-pattern material and black electrical tape — contained.

Late this afternoon, however, HPD spokeswoman Michelle Yu described the object as "an incendiary device," although she did not elaborate.

The police Specialized Services Division used its robots to search the large playground for the item.

The lockdown at the Kahuku complex was lifted at 10:41 a.m. and students resumed their school day. Students will be allowed to go home only if parents call in to the school to give their permission, otherwise they will attend class as usual, officials said.

The Specialized Services Division was called to Kahuku District Park, at 56-170 Pualalea St., after a parks employee found the item about 6:30 a.m. and called police, Wong said. The park was evacuated and police notified school officials.

The DOE says there are 484 students enrolled in Kahuku Elementary and 1,559 in the middle and high schools.

The police action did not affect business at Kahuku Federal Credit Union and the Kualauloa Community Center, which are also near the park.

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Holomua wrote:
The terrorists have won. We are all afraid.
on May 2,2013 | 10:12AM
juscasting wrote:
Totally agree! There comes a point when you can say overrrrreaction. Bet the package was somebody's lunch.
on May 2,2013 | 10:32AM
kainalu wrote:
Yep. Exactly what the terrorists want. For us to stop everything because of a bag. It's a good thing the authorities don't drive down North Rd. in Ewa Beach. There's "suspicious packages" the length of that road.
on May 2,2013 | 11:17AM
juscasting wrote:
I guess we were all wrong. It was indeed an explosive device!
on May 2,2013 | 12:09PM
kainalu wrote:
Did you not read? A bottle wrapped in cloth and tape. "Be afraid! Be very afraid", juscasting. smh
on May 2,2013 | 01:18PM
hanalei395 wrote:
At the airport.......shoes, bottle water. They won.
on May 2,2013 | 10:48AM
Hawaiians wrote:
Agreed we are living in terror.
on May 2,2013 | 11:07AM
SueH wrote:
This, the latest "knee jerk" reaction to some kid leaving his backpack around.
on May 2,2013 | 10:16AM
marine38 wrote:
And the suspicious package - what did it turn out to be?
on May 2,2013 | 10:33AM
SueH wrote:
Probably some kid's backpack they left unattended.......MOBILIZE ALL THE TROOPS!!!
on May 2,2013 | 10:54AM
dlum003 wrote:
A bag of stale french fries probably. The important thing is that the SWAT guys get to put on their GI Joe costumes and play with their fancy toys.
on May 2,2013 | 10:56AM
dlum003 wrote:
You know, everytime you SA guys post an article on this stuff you just encourage more gumheads out there to pull pranks. Oh but, I just remembered that it sells papers and online subscriptions, and that's more important. Never mind.
on May 2,2013 | 10:54AM
kasogat wrote:
Better safe than sorry!
on May 2,2013 | 11:29AM
petecronburg wrote:
ho hum
on May 2,2013 | 12:28PM
Oahuan wrote:
This just proves the State gov't can't protect the prople.
on May 2,2013 | 12:38PM
kahaluu96744 wrote:
Where the heck is "Kualauloa?"
on May 2,2013 | 03:20PM
loquaciousone wrote:
on May 2,2013 | 03:35PM
ResponsibleCitizen wrote:
Maybe people should stop leaving their trash all over the place.
on May 3,2013 | 03:41AM
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